Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting a new minor league baseball stadium!
There is one small problem with the good news…..we DO NOT have a minor league baseball team…..a minor setback, I am told.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday said the state would kick in $15 million in BP oil disaster money to help build a professional baseball stadium in Biloxi. Bryant said, Ken Young, president of Ovations Food Services and an owner of several minor-league teams via Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC (Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox, and Single-A Frederick Keys) and Albuquerque Baseball Club, LLC (Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes), is leading the franchise ownership group and is “in the process of purchasing an existing minor league team and relocating them to Biloxi.” Read more here.
We are told that it will seat up to 25,000 persons……that it will be used for not only baseball but concerts and other special events…….which is a pretty good promise but we already have the Gulf Coast Coliseum which acts for these things but the baseball thingy…
Personally, I think the BP disaster funds could be spent in a much more beneficial way than a ball park…..all this will do is make a few more low paying jobs for the people of the Coast……and after 5 years will be for sale or a great place to graze goats…..
The questions I want answered is….who benefited for the sale of that chunk of property? And what will the tax base be?